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Estée Lauder Matte Perfecting Primer: Godsend

Special mention of the summer so far has to go to Estée Lauder’s Matte Perfecting Primer, which seems to be able to keep even the worst cases of shine-overload at bay. On a recent job, under very hot lights, it was the only thing that managed to make my skin look good – better even, than a top dusting of powder. My skin was so shiny, pre-primer, that I had to take off all my makeup and start again! As soon as I put the primer on, my skin was matte without looking powdery or dull, and my foundation applied smoothly and easily over the top.

I do find that repeatedly powdering my face can turn it into something resembling half-baked flaky pastry, so I much prefer mattifying my skin at an earlier stage. I have no idea how this primer works, just that it does. And well. This will now be a permanent fixture in my emergency kit – along with the Double Wear Concealer that I have trusted for so long!

Estée Lauder Matte Primer, £21.50 from HouseofFraser.co.uk

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  1. “…repeatedly powdering my face can turn it into something resembling half-baked flaky pastry…”

    And this is why i recommend reading amodelrecommends, such humor really makes my day!

  2. This post, a godsend! I was JUST about to ask you your tips for anti-shine summer products. I might go out and buy this today already :)

  3. Thanks for this recommendation Ruth, it sounds great. I will definintely be purchasing it, especially after the humidity last Thursday – my makeup was practically sliding off my face, not a good look!

  4. Wow, theway ou describe it, it really seems worthy… Great, now I have to get it, haha!

  5. I HAVE to try this. I am still on the hunt for the perfect summer primer/primer to wear to my sisters wedding. This looks promising–hopefully it will work just as well on my oily skin as it did for you!

  6. Love in a mist

    Crikey now I’m in a dilemma, this one or the Laura M one, flippin’ heck ! Xxx

  7. Wow thanks for this post! I was really on the lookout for a good primer! My sisters getting married soon so I definitely need something to keep the shine at bay! X

  8. Just wondering if you’ve tried the Lorael studio secrets mattifying primer?, I tried the tester on my hand in superdrug today, and its actually made me go Ooooo,as it felt really silky and dried matt but I didnt buy it as I was worried it contained silicones,I didnt know what any of the ingredients were and it got me thinking I wonder if you might let us know what ingredients to avoid in skincare, if you know of any?

    • I don’t mind silicones too much in my skincare, so long as the formula is good and proper. Problem is that ingredients get picked out as being “bad” and then everyone thinks they’re bad no matter what form they appear in! xx

    • Love in a mist

      I use the loreal studio primer, have done for about 6mths, and I find it to be very good, keeps foundation on very well, I’ve had no problems with it at all on my skin, really good travelling size, as it’s a small pot, don’t use it every day but it’s a good back up, I’d recommend it :-)

    • I tried that primer and it does nothing to mattify your skin! Don’t waste your money on it!

      • Love in a mist

        The one I have is the one in the glass pot the smoothing resurfacing primer, there is another one in a plastic tube with a pump that’s for mattyfying but I’ve not tried it so don’t know if it works or not.
        The resurfacing one is great at really giving a smooth soft feeling base but yes it’s not massively mattyfying on the skin But then again it’s not claiming it does lol! Xx

  9. This sounds so awesome! <3 love it hehe

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